We are excited to announce that Northwest Indiana Community Action’s fifth annual Reimagine Conference will be on October 12 and 13, 2023 at Valparaiso University. Stay tuned for more details!

Our conference aims to reimagine a thriving community, one that shifts focus from individual responsibility to community solutions. We bring together experts in the field of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and resilience, to challenge our attendees to change perspectives and become trauma informed. 

Don’t miss it!

Meet Our Keynote Speaker, Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist, author of seven books, and an internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neurobiology and human emotion. Her latest book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media, was named one of the best health books of 2022 by The Washington Post and Mashable. Donna’s other books include The Angel and the Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine, named one of the best books of 2020 by Wired magazine, Childhood Disrupted, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and The Last Best Cure. Her writing has appeared in WiredThe Boston GlobeStatThe Washington Post and Health Affairs. She has appeared on The Today Show and NPR and is a regular speaker at universities, including the Harvard Division of Science Library Series, UCLA Health, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins, Learning & the Brain, Children’s Hospital Association, and the University of Arizona. Donna is also the creator and founder of the narrative writing-to-heal programs, Breaking Free From Trauma, and Your Healing Narrativewhich help participants to create a new, powerful, inner healing narrative that calms the body, brain, and nervous system.

You can find her at or on:
Instagram: @DonnaJacksonNakazawa
Twitter: @DonnaJackNak
Facebook: @donnajacksonnakazawaauthor